In December last year, Honor announced the world’s first smartphone with a 48MP camera. Since then, we have seen quite a few new smartphones with a 48MP primary camera go official. According to Qualcomm, this is just the beginning and we may even see smartphones with 100MP resolution cameras before the end of the year.
Speaking to MySmartPrice, Judd Heape, Senior Director of Product Management (Camera, Computer Vision, and Video) at Qualcomm said some OEMs are currently working with camera sensor manufacturers to release smartphones featuring 64MP and even 100MP+ resolution cameras later in the year. Unfortunately, this means the megapixel race in the smartphone industry has official returned.
Qualcomm had recently updated the specifications of some of its latest mid-range and flagship Snapdragon mobile chipsets, adding support for up to 192MP resolution cameras. Heape clarified that the update was made after the launch of smartphones such as the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo V15 Pro, both of which feature a 48MP primary camera. While the newer Snapdragon 600-, 700-, and 800-series chips were designed to support up to 192MP resolution sensors, the company was previously mentioning only the maximum resolution at which features like multi-frame noise reduction and zero shutter lag were supported.
Qualcomm’s Judd Heape also revealed that HDR10 video recording will be supported by the San Diego-based company’s Snapdragon 865 flagship mobile chipset, which will reportedly come out later this year. Qualcomm’s implementation of HDR10 video recording will use frame-by-frame and scene-by-scene metadata. Currently, the only smartphones that can both record and display HDR10+ video in 4K are Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+. He added that ‘Snapdragon 865’ is only a tentative name and that the final name is yet to be decided. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is expected to power pretty much all major flagship smartphones that will be released in 2020.